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Special-needs dental clinics

TEMPORARY CLOSURE

As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, DHS-operated special needs dental clinics are closed until further notice to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus. The move follows a recommendation from the Minnesota Board of Dentistry that clinics postpone all non-emergency and elective dental care to protect patients, dental care providers and the community. 

All appointments for routine services such as checkups, cleanings and fillings have been cancelled and will be rescheduled. We will continue to provide urgent and emergency services in the clinics using special protective measures. Patients should contact their clinics with questions and urgent requests. 

Similarly, the Southern Cities Psychiatric Clinic in Faribault (which is collocated with the special needs dental clinic) has suspended in-clinic visits and will handle current and future appointments using video and telemedicine technology. In all cases, the dental clinics and outpatient psychiatric clinic will continue to respond quickly to questions or concerns about medication and requests for refills.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) operates special-needs dental clinics in key regions of the state for patients whose conditions make it difficult for them to obtain dental care from other providers.

Patients with developmental and intellectual disabilities, severe and persistent mental illnesses and traumatic brain injuries are eligible to receive treatment at the clinics.

Available services 

The clinics provide a full array of dental services, including:

  • Examinations
  • Cleanings
  • X-rays
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Root canals
  • Partial and full dentures
  • Dental procedures in a hospital under general anesthesia for patients who cannot be treated in the clinic.

Eligibility

New patients are welcome. Most insurance plans are accepted. Patients enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program, including MinnesotaCare and medical assistance, are also eligible. Staff will complete an in-take interview over the phone to make sure that new patients qualify for services. New patients (or their guardians) will receive a packet in the mail with forms to complete and return. Once the clinic has received the paperwork, staff can schedule an appointment.

Schedule or cancel an appointment

Call the clinic to schedule or cancel appointments. Patients, guardians or group home staff must call the clinic at least 24 hours ahead of time to cancel an appointment. Patients who do not provide proper notice before canceling an appointment may lose the ability to pre-schedule future appointments.

Locations


Name Address Operating Hours Phone
Brainerd 501 West College Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401 Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 218-855-8272
Fergus Falls 1121 Pebble Lake Road, Fergus Falls, MN 56537 Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 218-739-7254
Cambridge 1425 East Rum River Drive S., Cambridge, MN 55008 Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 763-437-4399
Faribault 400 4th Street NW, Faribault, MN 55021 Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 507-384-6830
Willmar 1801 Technology Drive, Willmar, MN 56201 Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 320-231-5315
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